'Unjustified and illegal': European Parliament condemns Russian invasion

'Unjustified and illegal': European Parliament condemns Russian invasion

The European Parliament issued a statement condemning Russia’s military attack on Ukraine, and announced an extraordinary plenary session for next Tuesday.

“Ukraine is an independent and sovereign nation and its territorial integrity is non-negotiable. The invasion is unjustified and illegal,” the statement reads.

“It is a threat to European and regional stability, as well as to the rules-based world order. The attack targets our model of democratic society. It cannot go unanswered.”

The European Parliament Conference of Presidents was convened by President Roberta Metsola on Thursday morning in order to discuss its response to Russia’s invasion into Ukraine.

They expressed support for “an unprecedented European and international response, including new and severe sanctions that will ensure the Kremlin will be held accountable for its actions.”

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An exchange of views was held with the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the President of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen.

“We remain firm in our unity, in our resolve and in our response to unprovoked Russian aggression. The Conference of Presidents expressed full solidarity and support for Ukraine and its people,” the statement concludes.

The extraordinary plenary debate will be held on Tuesday 1 March.

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